National Geographic Endurance Floats Out

National Geographic Endurance

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings celebrated the float out of National Geographic Endurance in Ulstein Verft, Norway on Saturday, December 7, 2019.

National Geographic Endurance

The first polar newbuild for the line, the 126-guest vessel is fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, according to a press release.

The vessel is scheduled for delivery in January 2020.

Lindblad ship to be called National Geographic Resolution

Design drawing of the National Geographic Resolution.

Lindblad’s new expedition vessel due in 2021 will be named the National Geographic Resolution.

The name reflects the favourite ship of Capt. James Cook, the British explorer and sea captain who made his second and third voyages of exploration aboard the HMS Resolution.

Lindblad Expeditions announced the name at the keel laying of the ship at the Crist shipyard in Gdynia, Poland.

Norway’s Ulstein Group is overseeing the design and construction of the 126-guest ship, which will have the ability to sail in polar waters. The Resolution will have a Polar Class 5 designation, meaning the ship will be able to navigate medium first-year ice year-round.

The Resolution is a sister ship to the National Geographic Endurance, due in April 2020.